|Lou Harrison: The Tuning of the Babylonian Harp|
Harrison discusses the recent translation of an ancient Sumerian cuneiform tablet, in which the musical scale used by the Babylonian’s is described. This discovery has pushed back the origin of musical theory by at least 1,500 years. Harrison accompanies his talk with auditory illustrations of ancient scales and other plectrum pleasantries. The musical knowledge developed by the ancient Babylonians was passed on and refined by Pythagorus and Ptolemy and eventually influenced the Western musica...
Keywords: Interview; Microtonal Music; Lou Harrison
|Imaginary Landscape: Lou Harrison - 40 Years of Music (A 60th Birthday Tribute)|
On May 14, 1977 Lou Harrison celebrated his 60th birthday. Composers, musicians, music lovers, and friends paid tribute at St. John’s Church in Berkeley CA. The concert was produced by Paul Dresher, Peter Garland and Rae Imamura. The performers included the Repercussion Unit from the Cal Institute of the Arts, The East Bay New Music Ensemble directed by Robert Hughes, and the Berkeley Gamelan. Carl Stone and Leni Isaacs from KPFK play selections of Lou Harrison’s work...
Keywords: Music; New Music; 20th Century Classical; Lou Harrison
|Young Caesar: A Puppet Opera by Lou Harrison|
On December 25, 1974, as a Christmas special, the Fruit Punch Collective presented a recording of the 1971 world premiere performance of Lou Harrison’s gay-oriented opera, “Young Caesar”. The story of the opera explores the meeting and purported subsequent love affair between the young Julius Caesar and King Nicomedes IV of Bithynia. In addition to desiring to write an opera with a homosexual theme Harrison was also attracted to the story about Caesar and Nicomedes because it represented t...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Opera; New Music; Lou Harrison
|Lou Harrison: Incidental Music to Corneille's Cinna performed at Other Minds 8, 2002 - Lou Harrison|
An 85th Birthday Celebration for Lou Harrison at Other Minds Music Festival 8, 2002 at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California. Lou Harrison: Incidental Music to Corneille's Cinna (1955-56) Medium fast Slow Medium slow Grand Linda Burman-Hall, tack piano Support for Linda Burman-Hall's appearance provided by New Albion Records.
Keywords: Music; New Music; 20th Century Classical; Other Minds Festival; Lou Harrison
|Lou Harrison 70th Birthday Concert|
From the Mills College Concert Hall in Oakland California, hosts Charles Amirkhanian and Russ Jennings present a special live broadcast of a tribute to Lou Harrison on the occasion of his 70th birthday. The evening began with a gala dinner in honor of the pioneering American composer, during which Jennings and Amirkhanian manage to corral many of the illustrious guests for brief interviews, including Joseph Franklin the founder of the Relâche Ensemble and director of the 1987 New Music Festival...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Mills College; Lou Harrison; Interview; 20th Century Classical; New Music
|Lou Harrison at the Spaghetti Factory|
A concert of Lou Harrison, (with one piece by Carlos Chávez), performed at The Old Spaghetti Factory in San Francisco on January 24, 1971. Works include music for Solo Piano by Lou Harrison, a Sonatina by Chávez, and selections from a Young Caesar, a puppet opera with unconventional instruments by Lou Harrison with libretto's by Robert Gordon. This is the first performance of the opera.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Lou Harrison; Music; New Music; Unconventional Instruments; Piano Music
|Morning Concert: The Music of Lou Harrison: A Celebration|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with composer Lou Harrison about his recent work. Harrison had just completed a semester of teaching at Mills College, as holder of the Milhaud Chair in composition. Most of this program is devoted to Harrison's work with gamelan music, and a number of selections from his album released by CRI, are heard. Also participating in this program is Harrison’s partner William Colvig...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview; 20th Century Classical; Lou Harrison
|Percussion Music: From Lou Harrison’s collection of 78 rpm acetate records|
On this installment of Ode to Gravity, Charles Amirkhanian unearths rare gems from Lou Harrison’s personal record collection. Amirkhanian focuses on percussion music from the late 1930s and early 1940s, broadcasting selections by American composers Harrison, Henry Cowell, Johanna Beyer and William Russell. Many of these recordings were made live at one of John Cage’s famous percussion concerts, in 1939 at the Cornish School in Seattle...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Lou Harrison; Percussion Music; New Music; acetate discs; 78rpm
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|Lou Harrison: Serenade for Frank Wigglesworth; Music for Solo Guitar performed by David Tanenbaum at Other Minds 8, 2002 - Lou Harrison|
Music for Solo Guitar by Lou Harrison performed by David Tanenbaum on classical guitar at the Other Minds Music Festival 8 in San Francisco California. Serenade is dated 12 February 1952 and was originally entitled in Esperanto "Serenado por Guitaro." It was written as part of a letter to a composer friend who was studying guitar at the time. Lou Harrison says, "This Serenade' for guitar was written for Frank Wigglesworth as part of a private letter to him...
Keywords: 20th Century Classical; Music; Lou Harrison; David Tanenbaum; Other Minds Festival